In recent years, members of the higher education community have called for major revisions to the way undergraduate biology is taught. These reforms are intended to meet the needs of students learning biology in the 21st century. As a result, the National Science Foundation – in partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science – launched a national initiative called “Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology.” Carol Brewer, conference co-chair and professor emeritus of biological sciences at the University of Montana said that “We all have work ahead of us to ensure that the transformations we make in biology classrooms around the country...

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